Herbert fires Aussies to victory

LUCAS Herbert's world amateur golf ranking will climb inside the top 30 after he guided Australia to a commanding win in the World Cup teams event at Royal Melbourne on Friday.

Herbert fired a two-under par 70 in Friday's final round, the best score of the day, to finish in third place in the individual event - the Australian Masters of the Amateur -  at two-under par.

Herbert and team-mate Taylor McDonald won the teams event by a massive 13 shots from the United States, New Zealand and England.

In the individual event Herbert started the final round six shots behind equal leaders Simon Viitakangas and Todd Sinnott.

On a day when the majority of the field struggled in the windy conditions, Herbert produced some of the finest golf of his career in his first 12 holes.

He birdied the fourth, eagled the par-five fourth and birdied the fifth to be four-under par through five holes.

A bogey on the par-four sixth briefly halted his momentum.

Birdies on the eighth and 12th put him five-under par for the day and within striking distance of the lead.

Needing more birdies to make a play for the lead, Herbert played aggressively down the stretch, but made bogeys on the 14th, 16th and 17th to finish four shots behind winner Simon Viitakangas.

Herbert, who will study year 12 at Bendigo Senior Secondary College this year, was one of only two players to break par for the day.

The teenager now heads to Adelaide for the Australian Amateur Championships at The Grange Golf Club starting on Tuesday and concluding on January 19

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